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Funding to be available for private-sector research needs Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence program

The Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence program helps the private sector draw on the talents of top researchers from industry and academia to address major R&D and commercialization challenges. This federal granting program can offer members of your organization a chance to be part of a national, industry-led consortium with a mandate to solve problems identified by the private sector. The BL-NCE program was recently made permanent, and future competitions will be held as funding becomes available. Since it can take some time to build the level of collaboration needed between potential network partners, it is important for prospective applicants to lay the groundwork early to improve their chance of success. The article below provides more details. We encourage you to publish it and share it with your members. If you have any questions, please visit www.nce-rce.gc.ca/business, or contact us at info@nce.rce.gc.ca or 613-995-6010.

Research funding solves private-sector challenges 

Funding available through an innovative federal program can help businesses draw on the talents of top researchers to solve problems common to their industry sector. The Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE) program has pioneered a new approach to collaborative research since its inception in 2007. Large-scale networks and their research agendas are managed by an industry-led, not-for-profit consortium, with the goal of solving problems identified by the private sector. Network funding pays up to half of the research costs, helping companies assemble a team from industry and academia with the right expertise and financial backing to address major R&D and commercialization challenges.

Collaborative research is increasingly part of the business strategy of some of Canada's most successful companies. The BL-NCE program responds to the fact that research challenges are often shared by multiple businesses, and hold the entire sector back from greater success. Support for collaborative research helps overcome these challenges, shares costs and risks, and makes the sector more competitive globally.

A future competition is expected for new networks. Visit www.nce-rce.gc.ca/business to sign up for competition alerts.

The BL-NCE program is part of the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) suite of programs. For more information, contact the NCE Secretariat at info@nce-rce.gc.ca or 613-995-6010.